Legislative Updates & District News

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SESSION AND COMMITTEE UPDATES

BUDGET UPDATE

This week, the Governor’s office and legislative leadership reached an agreement on the spending parameters of the upcoming state budget, ensuring no reduction in funding for K-12 public schools and no cuts in revenue sharing for local governments. Amidst the continued uncertainty of this pandemic, this was welcome news for our schools and local communities.

However, our state — like all states across the country — still faces a significant revenue shortfall due to the impact of the pandemic, and difficult decisions will need to be made on spending.

Discussions surrounding more specific areas of the budget are currently happening in appropriations subcommittees. We will keep you posted as conversations and votes continue.

MICHIGAN CAPITOL COMMISSION

This week, the Michigan Capitol Commission met to vote on new rules surrounding allowing guns in the State Capitol. After a rally in April resulted in several armed gunmen in the Senate and House gallery, the issue of allowing guns in the Capitol became a topic of concern in a larger conversation about how we are ensuring those visiting and working in the building remain in a safe environment.

The commission voted down two proposals that would have banned weapons in the Capitol. For context, while weapons are currently allowed to be carried within the Michigan Capitol, signs are not. Further, weapons are not allowed in most other state capitols, nor in the U.S. Capitol. The commission has stated that they plan to meet with the House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader to discuss ways to address the issue.

SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH

Our community is in a truly unprecedented time as we enter into the sixth month since the pandemic hit our state. Taking care of your own mental health and wellbeing is more important than ever. September is National Suicide Prevention Month, something I take very seriously. Preventing suicide is a public health issue that we can all take part in. Knowing the warning signs, and taking them seriously, is key to preventing suicide. Similarly, raising awareness reminds those who may be struggling that help is available and there are many resources to utilize.

Oakland County has worked diligently to treat suicide as a public health crisis that deserves attention and well-funded resources. A link to Oakland County’s Suicide Prevention resource page can be found here. On Sept. 22 and Sept. 29, Oakland County will be hosting “Suicide Prevention 101: Virtual Presentation”. Registration is free and open to all. Other resources and links are posted including: the “Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Parents”, the Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255), and a guide to understand the Warning Signs of Sucide.

DISTRICT NEWS & EVENTS

Oakland County Michigan Works! Job Fair

Reminder: Oakland County Michigan Works! is hosting their first virtual job fair on Sept. 23. Over 50 Oakland County companies with hundreds of open positions are participating in this exciting event! For additional information and how to register, please click here.

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